Tasers and News – Free Verse – October 2, 2014

Hong Kong’s prosperity and security are underpinned by its fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to demonstrate. It is important for Hong Kong to preserve these rights and for Hong Kong people to exercise them within the law.”

U.K. Foreign Office

Tasers and News

old sage
on the mountain
looking at the world from on high –
seeing what was
and what will be
detached by age and experience –
said:

I see the people
throughout the globe
who protest against
the tyrants yoke
in the present
or
in the past …
I know they’ve suffered
from the kings,
their lackey’s
and their police dogs,
… but be wary
of the pompus
self-righteous words
of “illuminated” toads
pontificating …
relying upon a well-known fact …
that
there is no memory
of what happened
even a few years back.

when you watch protesters
in the evening news
and some pompous official ass
tsk-tsk’s crooning platitudes;
think of the past
the martyrs who fell
in his lands
and yours …
from Berlin to Kent State
Athens to India
and oh so many hundreds
of times
and
places before …

the new
unenlightened tyrants
of the emerging super states
haven’t learnt yet,
where there’s true power;
for it’s really best
to let
people shout and protest …
because the majority
will still sleep
while watching
the evening “free” press
manipulated by the powers that be
and soon will be
shoo-shooing all the troubles away
with beer, football
and TV dinners.

ah –  thin-skinned tyrants:
they’re still afraid,
’cause they wrested their power
with bombs and civil war
but give them some time
and they too will learn
how to cowl the masses
without tanks and guns
when a taser
and the news works
just as well.

(c) G.s.k. ’14

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